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    Always drink responsibly!

    We've taken the guess work out of what to serve at your next holiday party. Each of the following Christmas cocktails are easy to make -- three ingredients and a garnish only -- for even the most vanilla of bartenders.

    Check out the mix masters slinging these cocktails in our video piece below, or read on for the recipes sure to get you in the holiday spirit(s)

    Merry Alcoholiday

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    Stir up good times with these holiday cocktails. Each one uses no more than three ingredients and a garnish - making them super easy to re-create in your kitchen. Get the recipes here. (Published Sunday, Dec 13, 2009)

    Christmas Punch

    4 oz Cointreau
    4 oz Brandy
    2 bottles Champagne, cold
    Combine cointreau and brandy in your favorite punch bowl
    Add garnish:
    1 cup of frozen cranberries
    2 oranges, cut into wheels (or half wheels)
    **Fresh mint is optional**
    Add champagne then give the punch a few gentle stirs
    Serve as is or over dry ice

    Peppermint Patty Martini

    1 1/2 oz Three Olives Chocolate Vodka
    1/2 oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liquor
    Just a pinch of White Creme de Menthe
    Shake well and serve in a martini glass
    Garnish:
    Drizzle chocolate syrup inside martini glass
    Cut a slit in a mini peppermint patty and place on rim of martini glass
     

    Ginger Snap

    2 oz Advocaat Liquor
    Just a pinch each of Goldschlager and Butterscotch Schnapps 
    Topped with Ginger Ale
    Shake well: Advocaat Liquor and Goldschlager
    Serve on the rocks or strain into a martini glass
    Top with ginger ale
    Garnish:
    Rim glass with crushed gingersnap cookies mixed with gold (cake decorating) shavings 
    Sprinkle gold shavings across top of finished cocktail
     

    Candy Cane

    2 oz  Godiva White Chocolate Liquor
    Just a pinch of White Creme de Menthe
    Topped with Club soda
    Shake well: Godiva White and Creme de Menthe
    Serve on the rocks or strain into a martini glass
    Top with club soda
    Garnish:
    Rim glass with crushed candy canes mixed with silver (cake decorating) shavings

    Mistletoe and Holly

    1 oz Vanilla Vodka
    1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liquor
    1/4 oz Green Creme de Menthe
    Shake Well
    Serve on the rocks or strain into a martini glass
    Garnish with a skewer of fresh cranberries

    Carrot Cake Martini

    1 1/2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
    1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liquor
    Just a pinch of Goldschlager
    Shake well and strain into a martini glass
    Garnish:
    Rim glass with toasted shaved coconut mixed with gold (cake decorating) shavings

    Hot Apple Pie

    1 1/2 oz Apple Vodka
    1/2 oz Frangelico Hazlenut Liquor
    4 oz Hot Apple Cider
    Garnish:
    Drizzle the inside of a clear irish coffee style glass with carmel sauce
    Cinnamon stick
    Combine apple vodka, frangelico, and hot apple cider
    Pour into carmel coated glass
    Place cinnamon into glass as a stir stick
     
    **An apple pie cocktail can be served cold by replacing the hot apple
       cider with apple juice.  It may be served over ice or shaken and 
       strained into a martini glass.   Drizzle carmel inside the glass, top
       with a thin slice of apple and drizzle a small amount of carmel across
       the top of the cocktail
    ** or it can be served virgin